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2009 NFL Mock Draft

Updated March 18, 2009. 

The draft is always an exciting time for NFL fans. Every team, no matter how good or bad they did last season, is looking to improve. There is a lot of strategy to the draft, and over the years, the Ravens have proven that they are one of the best scouting teams in the league.  The following is my list of players that I think the Ravens will target and the likelihood of them being available. 

  • WR Michael Crabtree (very unlikely)
  • LB Aaron Curry (very unlikely)
  • WR Jeremy Maclin (unlikely)
  • LB Rey Maualuga (unlikely)
  • CB Vontae Davis (unlikely)
  • WR Darius Heyward-Bey (unlikely)
  • CB Malcolm Jenkins (unlikely) 
  • WR Hakeem Nicks (probable)
  • TE Brandon Pettigrew (probable) 
  • CB Darius Butler (probable)
  • CB Alphonso Smith (probable) 
  • WR Kenny Britt (probable) 

If any of the big-name tackles (Eugene Monroe, Michael Oher, Jason Smith or Andre Smith) fall to twenty-six, the Ravens should take them, but I seriously doubt that will happen. I wrote analysis for my top-ten picks and Baltimore's pick. I also include video links for most players. I have done research on every team, but I’m a fan of the Ravens. Please feel free to give me your opinions. If you would like to see more mock drafts, check out SBNation's Mocking the Draft

Don’t forget to check out my video FanShot. It gives a short history of the Ravens franchise and their legacy of strong drafting.

 

1. Detroit Lions

QB Matthew Stafford, Georgia
Stafford has the arm that the Lions are looking for. The new regime has done nothing to improve the quarterback position in free agency. This tells me that they will draft a quarterback. They could draft an offensive tackle first and then try to get a quarterback second. However, there aren’t any safe bets in the draft this year, and Stafford is the best option. If they don’t take him, I think that it would be a huge mistake. 

2. St. Louis Rams

OT Jason Smith, Baylor

With Orlando Pace gone, the Rams need a new franchise left tackle. In fact, they needed one while he was still there. Smith had a meteoric rise during the scouting combine, and I don’t think that it’s a coincidence that St. Louis released Pace only days after the combine. I’m pretty sure that the Rams will draft a tackle, and I’m guessing it will be Smith. He has more upside than any other tackle prospect. 

3. Kansas City Chiefs

LB Aaron Curry, Wake Forest

The Chiefs are thrilled to get Curry and they should be. In my opinion, he is the most talented prospect in this year’s draft. It’s even better now that they have Vrabel to teach Curry how to play linebacker in the NFL. This is a solid pick. If Curry is on the board, the Chiefs will draft him. 

4. Seattle Seahawks

OT Eugene Monroe, Virginia

Seattle’s pick was hard to figure out. I wanted to rule out Crabtree since they signed Houshmandzadeh, but I think that Crabtree is still a possibility. It’s an outside chance, but it is possible. When it comes down to it, the Seahawks will probably draft a tackle. It’s hard and rare to find elite talent on the offensive line. They should take advantage of the opportunity, but don’t expect them to pass on Crabtree lightly. 

5. Cleveland Browns

DE Brian Orakpo, Texas

I have a feeling that the Browns are going to do something stupid with this pick. I don’t know why. That’s why I almost had them taking Malcolm Jenkins here. They should take Orakpo. Even an idiot can see that he’s the best pass rusher available, and that’s where they need help. On the other hand, I wouldn’t rule out Crabtree or Raji. I think that Crabtree is a better prospect, but everyone in Cleveland knows that they need defensive help. Raji would help. However, they already have Rogers, and they think that he’s good for some reason. Anyway, Orakpo makes the most sense here. 

6. Cincinnati Bengals

DT BJ Raji, Boston College

I originally had Crabtree going to the Bengals. It’s still possible. However, I remember last year’s draft. The Bengals wanted Sedrick Ellis badly. Obviously, that didn’t work out, and they need defensive line help more than ever. It will be hard to pass on Crabtree, but in the end, the Bengals need to take the player that will help them the most. 

7. Oakland Raiders

WR Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech

Al Davis may be forced to make a solid draft pick. If Crabtree is gone, they probably would take Maclin, which would be a huge reach. Oakland fans are hoping that this scenario pans out, and in all honesty, it’s looking very likely. If Crabtree is available, I’m sure that old Al will draft him. He loves flashy, athletic playmakers. Crabtree fits the bill. 

8. Jacksonville Jaguars*

OT Michael Oher, Mississippi

Jacksonville wants to see Raji fall to this spot. However, they need help along the defensive and offensive line. Since Raji is gone, the Jaguars take the next best offensive lineman in the draft. Oher is a solid football player and in my opinion, only a notch below Monroe. Jacksonville could also use a wide receiver, but I think that Maclin is a reach here. If Crabtree fell to them by some madness, expect them to draft him immediately. 

9. Green Bay Packers

DE Everette Brown, Florida State

Green Bay has a new defensive coordinator this season, and they need players to fit into their new 34 scheme. Brown is one of the fastest risers in the draft. Some people believe that he’s the best pass rusher in the nation. He’s a fantastic athlete and will be an excellent outside linebacker in a 34 scheme. It’s a good fit for the Packers and fills one of their biggest needs. 

10. San Francisco Forty-Niners

QB Mark Sanchez, USC

I think that Sanchez is the smartest pick for the Niners, and as of right now, I think that they will take him. He may not be a great starter right away, but he will definitely be better than any quarterback that they currently have. Now that Singletary has the job, he needs to start thinking about the future. 

11. Buffalo Bills

LB Aaron Maybin, Penn State 

12. Denver Broncos

LB Brian Cushing, USC 

13. Washington Redskins

OT Andre Smith, Alabama 

14. New Orleans Saints*

CB, Vontae Davis, Illinois 

15. Houston Texans

CB Malcolm Jenkins, Ohio State 

16. San Diego Chargers*

LB Rey Maualuga, USC 

17. New York Jets

WR Jeremy Maclin, Missouri 

18. Chicago Bears

WR Darius Heyward-Bey, Maryland 

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

QB Josh Freeman, Kansas State 

20. Detroit Lions*

OT Eben Britton, Arizona 

21. Philadelphia Eagles

TE Brandon Pettigrew, Oklahoma State 

22. Minnesota Vikings

CB Alphonso Smith, Wake Forest 

23. New England Patriots

DE Larry English, Northern Illinois 

24. Atlanta Falcons

LB Clay Matthews, USC 

25. Miami Dolphins

WR Percy Harvin, Florida 

26. Baltimore Ravens

WR Hakeem Nicks, North Carolina

Even though I wanted Heyward-Bey fall to the Ravens, I could not betray my objectivity. I just don’t see Darius being available here. If he is available, the Ravens would definitely draft him over Nicks. Cameron likes fast receivers. 

Instead, the Ravens take one of my favorite players in the draft. He’s tough like Boldin and reliable like Irvin. He has the best hands in the draft. There are questions about his deep-speed and level of competition. However, there were questions about Flacco’s footwork and level of competition last year. That didn’t seem to bother Ozzie then. This is a classic Raven pick. It’s not sexy, but it’s solid and underrated. 

27. Indianapolis Colts

DT Peria Jerry, Mississippi 

28. Philadelphia Eagles

RB Chris Wells, Ohio State 

29. New York Giants

WR Kenny Britt, Rutgers 

30. Tennessee Titans

CB Darius Butler, Connecticut 

31. Arizona Cardinals

RB Knowshon Moreno, Georgia 

32. Pittsburgh Steelers*

C Alex Mack, California

 

*Indicates picks that (I believe) are very tradable.

 

The opinions posted here are those of the administrator of this blog and his loyal readers. They are in no way official comments from the team, and should not be misconstued as such, even though he thinks he could do just as well or even a better job!

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